23 May 2013
I’m waiting for dealer to return car for the 5th time in 13mths. Continual failure of battery to hold charge. Dealers appear to be at a loss, they just change something different each time. I have received various advice regarding ’turning off’ the boot interior light, the glovebox light, drive it more often. They really don’t have a clue what the problem is caused by. If it isn’t fixed this time, I’m off to court, ’Sale of Goods Act’, unfit for purpose and not as described.
Bought new in September 2008. Now four years on with 25000 miles on the clock there are no faults to report except a squeaking noise from the passenger side seat belt buckle slot once in a while, but it rarely shows itself, so not a real problem. The car goes very well for a 1.3 and on our yearly holiday copes well with three people plus luggage and maintains 70/80 and 85mph without being strained. The ride quality seem better when the car is loaded up for some reason and this is the area which could be improved on. I also feel the seat covering could be of better quality and a little more sound proofing around the door seals. We have a 2006 Mini cooper in the family and have to say the Mazda2 handles just as well and find the what seems like an unusaul location for the gear stick is actual better. The gear change is better than the Mini’s too with a nice short throw. A good feature of the Mazda2 is standard fit folding mirrors, which is an optional extra on most of the Ford Fiesta range. All in all very impressed with the car and if the small "finishing touches" were addressed it would be a 5 star car and not a 4. The dealer Skipton Mazda have been great from point of sale (not pushy, ask for John Barrons) and I have found the service costs to be reasonable compared with what I’ve heard from other make dealers (eg Peugeot and Renault). Recommended.
Having bought the car brand new 2 years ago I have found the build quality to be not great, but the economy is excellent at 60 plus mpg. Then at about 11750 miles we noticed a juddering when braking so returned it to the supplying dealer, who diagnosed warped discs. To my disappointment they would not replace the discs, but would only skim them. The car has now only done 16000 miles and the discs are warped again, surprise, surprise! They are going to skim them again, this is after I have been in contact with Mazda UK, who say "if they are within tolerance we only skim them". What a load of rubbish! The car is only used for the normal commuting type driving so the brake discs must be made of monkey metal. I’m not a very happy owner and Mazda it seems don’t give a fig.
I love driving this car, however after less than 6 months I have somehow accumulated 30+ paint chips that are down to the metal with rust starting to show already. The paint on these vehicles appears to be extremely poor quality. Beware your car may not look new for long.
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Thanks for the heads up, Erin! I was about to plunk down my money for one. I will now look elsewhere. Thanks again - George from Kent
My car is due is for it’s first service this month and I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed this car. I have previously owned sports car, but found their upkeep really expensive. This little beauty gives me all the fun of a sports car but with an added bonus of really good mpg, excellent road holding and of course space to carry things and more than 1 passenger.
Very hot car.
Just bought my 2nd Mazda 2, first was a sport and have just bought a tamura. Both cars brilliant, Tamura doesn’t have the sports power but still nippy. The sport has just coped easily with Scotland’s worst two winters on record, my new tamura looks great and handles great. I would recommend a Mazda 2 to anybody looking to buy a small, reliable, good looking, economical supermini. Forget Fiesta, Corsa or Clio, get a Mazda 2.
I’ve had my Tamura for a year and it is fantastic little run around. Its stylish and comfortable and safe, with a good boot capacity and plenty of room for the people sitting in the back. Its actually quite big for a little car. I wish it had a little bit more power on the motorway as one can be seen chanting motivational cheer at it to speed up evertime one joins the motorway. Its lightness can be an issue on snow/ice though even at crawling speed. overall a fantastic car.
Bought mine in 2009 and so far no major complaints. Good fuel economy overall 50mph for the 1.3. petrol. A good all round drive. Stylish looks. Could do with better trim and can be a little noisy at speed but safe handling and braking. Service from dealer has been 1st. class so far. Would recommend as a low cost fun car.
Very practical car. Perfect for our small (2 toddlers) family. mpg is respectable, not great. Love the way it drives too. Very annoyed that the r/r shock first broke in only 22k miles. Replaced under warranty. Then the same shock broke AGAIN 10k miles later, at the same time the l/r shock broke too! I realize New York City has really bad roads, and I drive the car daily. But to replace the shocks this frequently? ( 3 broken shocks in 30k miles? These shocks weren’t worn out, but BROKE, as the shafts were broken inside the shocks). I didn’t bother going to the dealer, instead bought KYBs for $55/ea locally and put them on myself in less than an hour. Oh, can’t forget the time when the p/s pump went out while making a turn in Manhattan. Dealer fixed it no question asked. Turned out to be a recall later on. I really like the car, I wish it didn’t have to get fixed so often.
We’ve owned this car for 6 months now and overall we are very pleased with it. We have had no mechanical problems whatsoever with it and the fuel economy is about 46mpg. Not quite the mpg they claim but still not bad. The only real issue we have is the drivers vision is a bit obscured to the right due to the large airbag buffer which is sometimes a problem. However, the car is only 1 year old so fingers crossed it stays as good as it has began.
Far and away the best car I have ever owned and I have owned a fair few, some better than others. Looks superb with the sports bodykit and limited edition 16" anthracite alloys, good power to weight ratio considering it’s only a 1.3, excellent handling, superb economy, what more could you want? Reliability? Bulletproof, owned for a year and no, I repeat no problems (a welcome 12 month holiday after the Fiat it replaced and the Corsa that needed major engine surgery and a gearbox overhaul at 35k). To top it off the first service came in at £111.00 when I was expecting much worse. Really cannot complain superb little car and I would recommend it to anyone, nice finishing touches right down to the two sets of RCL keys instead of one and a dummy spare, little things that make all the difference. The finance deals aren’t bad either, you pretty much can’t afford not to buy one in my view.
I agree that this car is a very good urban car. It is very economical, fuel goes a long way plus all other expenses are to a minimum. My tax is down to £20 a year! Just because it is economical it does not necessarily mean it can not move. Despite it taking almost 16 seconds to reach 60mph it does nip around town pretty well providing you stay in the right rev range. Long distance driving is good too, at its top speed it behaves well and does not feel at all shakey. My only criticism is the urban set steerin is a little sensitive at the top speed but nothing a steady hand can’t keep in check. Overall the Mazda 2 is a fun car to drive around town (as long as it is not weighed down too much, where it can then seem lethargic). The lack of power is over shadowed by the very low overall running cost coupled with the fresh styling. These two factors along with a 5star safety rating makes this a very good buy.
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"My tax is down to £20 a year!" Ben, I own a Mazda 2 TS2 diesel (2003) and my tax, due this month, is £90. Is there an explanation? Chris Binks from England
Good fuel economy from this car and that’s about it I’m afraid. After owning for 2 months, an extremely annoying rattling noise started coming from the passenger side dashboard. Local Mazda dealer didn’t want to know and said that they "didn’t repair rattles in dash". Left up to me to locate source of noise. After weeks of sitting in the passenger seat while someone else drove I finally found the culprit...a very large loose piece of plastic which was held on by 3 plastic clips situated behind the glovebox. I removed this plastic (after taking out the glovebox) and no more rattle. Car now 9 months old and one of the diesel injectors has just failed!! Not good enough in a car that has only covered 5000 miles. No car for nearly a week. Very poor customer service from Mazda dealer and a poorly put together vehicle. I will never buy a Mazda again......be warned.
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Good quality, well built car, good all round vision. Driven in town, able to squeeze 43 mpg out of tank. Due to lightness of car it was not able to cope with 3 inches of laid snow on untreated roads in winter. Could do with being fitted with outside air temperature sensor. Engine performance means no worries entering large roundabouts.
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Do not agree with driving in the snow. My Mazda2 handled Scotland’s worst 2 winters on record easily. Drove to work in it after 10 inches of snow fell. Great car - G. Bryson from Lanarkshire
I have had my Mazda 2 Sport for two years now. It is the worst car I have ever driven in the snow. It got stuck so many times I ended up leaving it in the garage. The rest of the year without snow is fine and a fun car - Chris Pygall from England
What a poor, poor car, the diesel is useless at 1.4, I get no where near the figures given at 70 try 53mpg that’s Brisrol Street Motors driving it. At 50 mph I got 62mpg?? Mazda’s answer? The car was tested, no fault found so live with it. I bought a new Citroen Berlingo van and get close to 47mpg all the time so can’t be my driving. My advice is save your money and buy a different make. It’s a shame as the car is generally good.
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Nonsense - G. Bryson from Lanarkshire
I agree with the guy above. To achieve the actual figures that it says in the brochure, you have to put it on a rolling road. It is carried out at 52mph (apparently the most economical speed??) with no wind resistance etc. You will never get the specified mpg so don’t bother pestering dealers about it! It’s the single most annoying thing to us! - Richard from Kent
We bought this car in November 2007 it was low mileage. Without doubt it is the best car I have ever had; the practicality of a Honda Jazz without appearing as common as every other car on the road. It’s ride, handling, economy are all superb. The only problem that it has always had is difficulty closing the drivers electric window from morning start up’s, it has to be gingerly coaxed to close or will auto open again, Once closed the problem doesn’t occur again until the following morning start up(?) The bright red paintwork never fails to dazzle when cleaned. I don’t see how the newer car of the year Mazda 2 can be markedly more economical? Our’s being more practical is often fully laden complete with loaded roof box mounted on the car’s roof rails no matter if laden or not 400 miles per tank full never varies (approx 45-50mpg) had no rust problems as in the other review here. Wish Mazda would re-introduce it as a 2 mini MPV as we have no idea what car could possibly replace it and tick so many boxes.
I had no reservations at all about buying this 2003 model car recently as the Autocar review stated: "Made by Ford in Spain the Maza 2 offers Mazda reliabilty with Ford durabilty", and I have to totally agree with that because even though this car has covered very high milage (over 160,000!) it was still in immaculate condition inside and out and it drives like new!!! It came "fully loaded" and even has dark "privacy glass" on the rear and rear side windows which makes it look even cooler. I paid just £1900 for mine which is an amazing bargain and very cheap Group 3 insurance and Group C Tax at £35 a year, makes my buy even sweeter! I’d recommend this car to anyone in a heartbeat.
Unlike the latest Mazda 2, this car is roomy and practical. The build quality and reliability has been very disappointing though. This car has only covered 12000 miles in 4 years and has been serviced by the main dealer from new. In its 3rd year, just out of warranty, the front suspension collapsed due to the coil springs rusting through. This could have been fatal, but Mazda were not very interested. Today, the exhaust has fallen off due to rusting through. Despite the low mileage rust is much in evidence on the underside and on the wheels. We previously owned a Volkswagen Polo for 10 years and it stayed immaculate throughout its life. The Mazda is of very poor quality by comparison and the latest version is smaller than the previous model so we wont be buying another!!
Great car, handles really well, superb grip, best looking car in class and gains envious looks from other supermini drivers - mainly Corsa owners ;). Nice driving position and has a quality feel to the controls, fuel consumption is really good if you drive normally. Feel the car is roomy for it’s size and the engine quite and refined but feel the ride is a little firm and road roar on poor surfaces could be improved,this maybe common on most cars with low profile tyres? I’m thinking of adding some extra soundproofing to boot and floorpan. Overall though I’m more than happy with the Mazda and really look forward to every journey in it.
Lovely little car that feels nippy around town and on the open road. Some nice little storage touches in the cabin and a really nice dash layout; the gearstick is especially well placed and makes for very comfortable driving. A great looking car for the money and low emissions mean it’s cheap to run and makes you feel less guilty about polluting the environment. A slightly bigger boot would be nice but it’s not a bad size.
Very nice little car. The demo car I test-drove a couple of times was not as nippy as the one I have now finally bought. Why that is, I don’t know. The car is excellent for speeds up to 60-70mph but lacks a bit of punch to make for a truly enjoying long-journey-kind of car. It is quick off the mark, especially when you work the throttle and rev up a bit. You might have to switch down from 5th gear to 4th when you want to accelerate a bit quicker, which is fine by me as I don’t really need the car for that. I like the looks and the feel of the car. It takes the corners much better than my old W-reg Punto which rolled a lot more. Good car for what you pay, and good car overall anyway really. I am very pleased.
Very nippy car. Looks great. Well equipped and well put together. Really cheap to run and insure yet looks a more expensive car than it really is. Have had mine only 2 months and already I love it! There does seem to be a lot of external noise though, which I’d say is the only thing that lets this car down but everything else certainly makes up for this.
2011 - It’s mid-life refresh time for the Mazda2, which now comes with a subtly restyled front bumper to incorporate revised foglights. There are also new alloy wheels and some poshed-up trim inside, but the most important change is one you cannot see: revised suspension. New settings and an even stiffer b [...]
TS2 1.4 Diesel - It is not surprising why this car won the World Car Of The Year 2008 award. With the car being lighter and more fuel efficient this green car also has a sporty, dynamic appearance which certainly makes this car stand out from the crowd. [...]
The Mazda 2 is a supermini that will be competitive in its segment. The handling and good residual values are its strong points while the suspension is its largest negative. [...]
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